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Women's Gymnastics Ranked 11th In Preseason Polls
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 01/07/2000

Jan. 7, 2000

The Stanford women's gymnastics team was ranked 11th in a preseason national poll. The team finished last season tied for 10th at the NCAA Championships and ranked eighth in the nation.

The team returns three All-Americans from last year's squad, Larissa Fontaine, who was also the 1998 NCAA Champion on the vault, Sarah Harding and Kristen Jensen. The squad also returns Katy Herbert, the NCAA Regional Champion on the balance beam in 1999, and Jennifer Exaltacion, Stanford's top performer on the balance beam and school record holder on the beam with a 9.975. The 2000 squad is comprised of three seniors, two juniors, four sophomores and four freshmen.

The Cardinal only lost three members from last season's NCAA Regional Championship team, including All-American Amy Murakami, who holds the team record in the uneven bars with a perfect 10 and the all-around competition, and shares the team record in the floor exercise.

Stanford women's gymnastics opens their season on Friday, Jan. 14 at Arizona State. The Cardinal will have their first home meet on Jan. 21 when the Cardinal will host the Arizona Wildcats in Burnham Pavilion at 7:30 p.m.

Women's Gymnastics Preseason Coaches Poll
Rank  Team            Points
 1    Georgia	       854
 2    Alabama          825
 3    UCLA             816
 4    Michigan         806
 5    Utah             770
 6    Nebraska         680
 7    Arizona State    644
 8    Penn State       590
 9    Florida          584
 10   Louisiana State  584
 11  Stanford       577

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